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Board Members

The Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board consists of seven members, appointed on a skills basis. The role of the Board is to manage the operational and business aspects of Mount Hotham.

The inaugural Board officially took over control of the resort as of April 30, 1998. Prior to this all Alpine Resorts were managed collectively under the jurisdiction of The Alpine Resorts Commission.

Board members have a term of up to 3 years and in June 2013, five Board positions were reappointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

Members of the Board

 Deborah Spring (Chairperson)

Deb has had broad experience as both a Director and as a senior executive in the private, public and semi-government sectors across a diverse range of industries. These include energy, manufacturing, recycling, rail, technology, transport and logistics. Her board positions include Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council, Federation University Australia and V/Line Corporation. Previously, Deb was Chair of Banksia Environmental Foundation and Deputy Chair of Special Olympics – Victoria.  Deb has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Deb is a licensed professional engineer and a Graduate Member of the AICD. She has been skiing at Hotham for over 25 years and has watched her three daughters advance from Mighty Mites to Mary's Slide.


 Ronald Mason (Deputy Chair)

Ron is an experienced Urban and Environmental planner having practiced for nearly 40 years in Government and private organisations in Victoria including the past 18 years as a planning consultant. Ron was the principal planner at Aurecon (Melbourne), leading one of the largest planning teams in Victoria until he retired in December 2009. Since leaving Aurecon he has continued as a planning consultant in his own planning practice. As a planner, Ron has been involved in major tourist, environmental and strategic planning projects throughout Victoria and Tasmania. Ron has also been a member of several Government Boards and Committees during his career in planning. He has been skiing at Mt Hotham for the past 30 years and is a Committee Member of Asgaard Alpine Club. Ron is also Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and Chairman of the Mount Hotham Master Plan Working Group.



 Nicole Feeney

Nicole has been a member of the Board since 2007 and was Chairman from 2010 to 2013. Between 2010 and 2013 she was also a member of the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council. Nicole is a commercial disputes and construction lawyer at Lander & Rogers; is the immediate past Chair of the Litigation Lawyers Section of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and represents the LIV on the Supreme Court Rules Committee & the County Court Building Cases Users Group. Her board experience includes having been a director of UFS Dispensaries Ltd for 6 years, a not for profit company which owns and operates a number of pharmacies and associated businesses in and around Ballarat in Western Victoria and she is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company of Directors. In 2001 Nicole was introduced to skiing and Mt Hotham. She loved the experience so much she became a member of the lodge Anton Huette in 2005 and later purchased an apartment at Hotham.


 Tim Piper

Tim is the Victorian Director of the Australian Industry Group which is one of the most influential industry associations in the country. He is a lawyer and former journalist and holds a Master of Business Administration. Tim is also Chairman of the Industry Capability Network and the Manufacturing Skills and Training Taskforce. He also sits on a number of boards including the Victorian Leadership Group, the Victorian Manufacturing Council and the Industry Skills Consultative Council.



 Peter Hagenauer

Peter is a partner at Digital Frontier Partners, a specialist advice firm which helps clients to understand the capabilities, resources and organisational structure needed to deliver their products and services in the digital economy.  He has over 25 years of experience in the Banking and Finance Sector, including more than ten years building and managing digital distribution channels supporting ANZ's Global Markets businesses.  He has extensive experience in strategy development, programme management, project governance and sales management.  Peter is a member of Asgaard Ski Club.  He and his family have been skiing at Hotham for the past 6 years.  




 David Anstee

David has been skiing Hotham for over 25 years, and the first time his children tasted snow was on the skier's mountain. Currently serving as the Commercial Director of GreenSync and as a lecturer in post-graduate entrepreneurial studies at Swinburne University, David holds an MBA from London Business School and a bachelor of commerce from Melbourne. He has a diverse career which includes investment banking, assistant cameraman for National Geographic in the Arctic, innovation manager and entrepreneur. When not skiing, David enjoys rock climbing, diving, farming and flying.





 Stephen Clement

Stephen has broad experience in property and is a passionate skier. He is currently the Project General Manager at the Queensland Investment Corporation for the $575 million upgrade of the Eastland Shopping Centre and Ringwood Town Square. Prior to that he was Project Director for ING Real Estate for the mixed use development at Docklands and was President of the Docklands Chamber of Commerce. Stephen has worked in the property industry for 30 years and brings strong development and planning skills to the Board. He has a Graduate Diploma in Project Management, Bachelor of Structural Engineering and is a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia.





Functions of the Board

The functions of the Board, in respect of the alpine resort for which the Board is established under the Alpine Resort (Management) Act 1997 Section 38; are:

  • To act as a Committee of Management of any Crown land deemed to be permanently reserved under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 in the resort.
  • Contribute, together with Tourism Victoria ... and the Council, to the overall promotion of alpine resorts.
  • To develop a tourism and marketing strategy for, and to promote the resort and to collect and expend voluntary contributions from commercial undertakings in the resort for this purpose.
  • To provide services.
  • To provide transport services in the resort.
  • To collect fees prescribed by the regulations for the resort.
  • To attract investment for the improvement for the resort in respect of which the board is established.
  • To carry out any other function conferred on the Board by or under this or any other Act.

Sub Committees

Audit Sub Committee

Ron Mason (Chair), Peter Hagenauer & Stephen Clement.

Remuneration Sub Committee

Tim Piper (Chair), Deborah Spring & Nicole Feeney.

Marketing Sub Committee

Peter Hagenauer (Chair), Nicole Feeney & David Anstee.

Consultative Forum

Peter Hagenauer (Chair), with representatives from the Alpine Shire, Mount Hotham Ski Association (HSA), Mount Hotham Chamber of Commerce, Mount Hotham Skiing Company and Tourism North East (TNE).